Category Archives: Lichfield

The Swan Inn

Fradley Junction, Fradley, near Lichfield:

I’d not been to The Swan for years, mostly because it’s not easy to get to for me- it’s way off public transport, and not the easiest to find without a map. However, I was being chauffeured, as I was unable to walk far or drive, and a family member took pity and got me out of the house for a change.

The Swan Inn is lovely. Very traditional, and by the canalside it has a great location to sit outside and watch the boats pass. The beer was great, and the staff helpful and friendly. About the only disadvantage is that it gets very, very busy at popular times, especially in the summertime.

The Fradley Arms

Near Fradley, Lichfield

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Just a few hours after whinging about them, I find myself in a chain-pub “restaurant”. In my defence, it was on the way home; an awkwardly-timed appointment in Burton-upon-Trent saw us heading south back home without having eaten, so we called in. I was last here over 10 years ago, and I think I recall a traditional pub. The old building still looks attractive, but it shares its site with a Premier Inn, has become a behemoth collection of buildings, and is part of the Fayre & Square chain, itself a brand of the Spirit Pub Company. See what they did there? It sells Fayre, at a fair and square price, and *giggle* some of the food is square (the burgers). How very whimsical, I do believe my sides have split.

It was OK, as a better alternative than McDonalds or the chippy, and it was pretty cheap (£17 for 2 meals, a soft drink, and a large wine). There was cask ale, and a good choice of other stuff. There’s a wacky warehouse for kids to run about in, though that didn’t stop some parents letting theirs run about the place (fortunately, as it’s a big place, we went to the other end and escaped them). The food was serviceable, rather than exceptional, and the menu standard family feedbag stuff (PDF, 11MB). Staff were nice enough, but a bit corporate training manual:

“Pint of lime & soda please”

“Is that a large or a small?”


Overall, you could do worse, but you’re not going to get atmosphere or haute cuisine.

The George and Dragon


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What a very nice pub this is. It’s a short walk from the main shopping streets, and is a traditional community boozer with an impressive selection of real ale. There’s food on offer- but not when we were there (around 9pm), so it was just people enjoying a drink. There was a TV on in the lounge, but the sound was thankfully off. Lichfield’s fashionable lot seemed to thankfully be absent too, so this, coupled with the beer and the pleasant staff made for a nice few pints.

The Duke of York


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Had very high hopes of this pub: it’s a favourite haunt of several of the Lichfield Twitterati.

Was very slightly (but only slightly) dissapointed: I prefer the Horse and Jockey. It’s a fine pub though: several real ales, good snack selection, friendly staff, and a nice atmosphere: it just didn’t quite hit the spot for some reason, even though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.

Earl of Lichfield Arms


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Apparently known locally as The Drum, this supposedly has the recommendation of local MP Micheal Fabricant, but don’t let that put you off: it’s a decent pub.

Beer choice OK: Pedigree and Hobgoblin when we visited, plus the usual suspects. The Pedigree was decent too, which sadly is often not the case in many pubs. Nice location looking out on to the market square, decent food and a pleasant barman.

George IV


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This one seems popular with the Lichfield Blog crowd and the rest of the twatter-using occupants of Lichfield, and we had time to kill before the 991 bus arrived, so we dropped in. We’ve been here before, a few years ago, on a Saturday, when it was packed, noisy, and like a sub-standard, cheap canteen.

It’s much better now. The main rooms have been refurbed, and the back room seems about to be. There’s a nice outside area (with a beach!), decentish beer, and nice staff.

The Trooper

Wall, near Lichfield, Staffordshire:

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As reported by Brownhills Bob a short while ago, The Trooper is now open again, so we took a walk out to have a look. A few years ago, this was a popular place for meals and well known for some distance around.

First impressions outside were good- it looks smart, but the first impressions inside weren’t: It had the appearance of being a bit too food biased, and maybe a little bit up itself: the restaurant area is large, and the staff had the standard upmarket food pub uniform.

This impression was wrong: The bar area is still a bar area, and while there’s a strong food bias (it’s a “restaurant and free house” according to signage), it still feels like a pub, unlike The Boat nearby, which doesn’t get a listing here as it’s a restaurant, not a pub.

It’s definitely gone for the ‘upmarket pub food’ end of the market, and seems to do this quite well: not cheap by any means, but not terribly expensive either, a good choice of beer and cider (several real ales, for a start), and a friendly barman. Lots of outside space too, but it’s a pity about the ‘Jazz Lite” music playing- it’s a bit like shopping mall lift music. To be honest, the slightly-posh pub food market is probably the only way to make a decent amount of money- making the pub a place people purposely go to for food, and it’s probably going to succeed there: certainly we’ll go back, even with the long walk.

The menu says it’s part of the Comfy Pub Company- which is based up the road in Stonall, and doesn’t seem to have any other pubs yet, which suggests that it’s been bought from the previous pub co, who allegedly drove a previous landlord out with high rents.